Boris Johnson plans to ditch three top ministers in a cabinet reshuffle, sources say
Several big names could be dropped, including Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan and possibly even German Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Boris Johnson is planning a major reshuffle of his cabinet, with three ministers expected to get the boot, reports say.
Those at risk include Economy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Environment Minister George Eustice. reported the sun.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is also believed to have a question mark over him, with the source telling the outlet that there were “a number of vote-winning ideas that Rishi blocked.”
“Moving him eventually is on the table,” they added.
Mr Sunak is unlikely to move before the next election as Mr Johnson has promised he will present a budget in the autumn.
Mr Kwarteng drew the wrath of No 10 last month after he criticized the chancellor’s prospective plans for a windfall tax on oil and gas company profits.
The business secretary insisted windfall taxes are an “investment deterrent” after Sunak said he was open to the windfall idea if it would encourage oil and gas companies to properly reinvest their big profits. Mr. Sunak was looking for a strategy to try to ease the crisis over rising energy prices and the cost of living.
Asked if he flatly disagreed with the Chancellor’s idea, Mr Kwarteng told Sky News: “He’s the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he’s in charge of tax policy. From my point of view, I would like to see investments in the North Sea.”
He said a windfall tax “disincentives investment and the reason we want investment is because it creates jobs, it creates wealth and it also gives us energy security.”
Ms Trevelyan, meanwhile, has “no impact” on Trade, according to the source.
It is also reported that party leader Oliver Dowden has fallen out of favor at No 10 after he went “missing” during Mr Johnson’s recent leadership problems.
A source said the party leader was supposed to be the Prime Minister’s “main intelligence collector on the mood of the party” but that Mr Dowden was “nowhere to be seen” when Mr Johnson was in trouble.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-planning-axe-three-27266885 Boris Johnson plans to ditch three top ministers in a cabinet reshuffle, sources say